Samsung trolls iPhone X with foldable Galaxy Note design promised for 2018

Samsung is looking to steal some thunder from the Apple’s iPhone X launch by revealing that it aims to launch a foldable smartphone next year.

In 2018, under the Galaxy Note brand, the South Korean electronics giant said it will release a handset with a display that can be bent and folded, but it has to overcome a few challenges first, according to the Associated Press.

Samsung’s president of mobile business Koh Dong-jin did not elaborate on the challenges the company is currently trying to tackle, but we could speculate it has something to do with not damaging internal electronics within a high-end bendable mobile device – provisionally dubbed the Galaxy X.

Samsung has been working on bendable displays for years, having revealed a flexible display prototype back in 2013. While Samsung has debuted impressive AMOLED displays with its Galaxy phones, notably with the Infinity Display in the Galaxy S8, it has yet to reveal a device that’s close to realising the idea of a truly foldable display without the need for hinges or seams.

But if Dong-jin is to be believed, Samsung is close to revealing a device with a foldable display that’s more than a mere concept. Of course, there is a chance that this announcement is a tad premature but has been aimed to draw some attention away from Samsung’s big rival Apple and its next-generation iPhone scheduled reveal.

Given the Galaxy Note 8 just made it debut, we don’t expect a Galaxy device with a bendable display will be launched much earlier than the second half of 2018.

Further bolstering its announcements, Samsung also said it’s working with car audio and infotainment specialist Harman to develop an speaker with artificial intelligence to play music and carry out other tasks directed by voice commands.

This again would seem to be a product aimed at drawing attention away from Apple’s HomePod, but the latter is due to launch in December while there’s no word on when Samsung will reveal let alone release its smart speaker.

Stay tuned for more as we’ll be reporting from the iPhone 8 and 4K Apple TV launch all evening.

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